Jon Jones kicked Daniel Cormier’s ass at UFC 182 on Saturday night, and he managed to out-wrestle the wrestler, proving yet again that if you’re good at something, Jon Jones is better. But now the question that lingers in our minds is what the future should hold for the dominant light-heavyweight champ who’s on track to be considered one of the greatest of all time. After all, he’s pretty much taken out the best en route to the top, and beaten all comers since – so what now?
Here are some suggestions. Feel free to add your own.
- Alexander Gustafsson – At UFC 165 back in 2013, the tall Swede gave Jones all he could handle in their five-round battle, and of course logic dictates that they should meet again. And why not? Thus far, Gustafsson is the toughest fight Jones has had, and tough fights build legacies more than anything. For both the sake of both men’s lasting impressions on the history books, a rematch is inevitable.
- Cain Velasquez – This one will probably only ever be played out in the minds of fans, as reality has a way of getting in the way of things. But the facts are that Jones is big – big enough at light-heavyweight to maybe be a badass heavyweight if he keeps eating those cheeseburgers – and maybe a run at the next weight division up isn’t so far fetched. Of course, Velasquez’s has a full dance card in the weight class he rules, but if he ever had a free slot…
- Anthony “Rumble” Johnson – Rumble is expected to face Gustafsson at a UFC at the end of this month, and if he wins, then maybe he should get thrown into the cage with the champ. What he has going for him is athleticism and a propensity for banging – two tools that would likely get him nowhere against Jones, but hey, no one ever said this scenario was ideal.
- Any heavyweight – In his prime, Anderson Silva would venture on up from middleweight to light-heavyweight territory, and though he never took on the truly elite of the division, it made for some intriguing superfights. Jones should do the same. Aren’t you just a little bit curious to see how Jones would do against the likes of Travis Browne and Josh Barnett? I know I am.
What do you think? Who should Jones fight next?